The Pirates¬†have made a offer to¬†free-agent reliever Chris Bootcheck according to reports. Bootcheck, 30, is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander who spent parts of the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and posted a 6.04 ERA in 77 appearances, including a 10.13 ERA in 10 appearances this past season.
The Pirates have more interest in Ty Wigginton than I thought they would. Wigginton hit .285 last season with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s in 111 games last season. According to sources the Pirates may be willing to offer a two year deal in the $5.5 – $6 million per season range. Wigginton is believed to be seeking a three year deal. My sources are skeptical that the Pirates will be willing to go three years. Huntington is believed to be taking the Ray Shero approach. Reluctant to offer more than two year deals to players in their 30‚Äôs who aren‚Äôt bona fide stars. While Wigginton is among the Pirates top targets, the Pirates are ‚Äúkicking the tires‚Äù on another potential right handed bat (Outfielder). The Braves remain interested in Ian Snell. Check out the Pirates Rumor Chart for other suitors. The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in pitcher Daniel CabreraRead More »
The Pirates, Reds, Indians and Giants are among four teams to express interest in third baseman Ty Wigginton according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. A source with the Pirates characterized the Pirates interest as just being in the ‚Äúexploratory stages‚Äù but they did reach out to Wigginton‚Äôs camp. Wigginton hit .285 last season with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s in 111 games last season. Wigginton is believed to be seeking a three year deal.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of a two-year, $4 million deal with infielder Ramon Vazquez. Vazquez hit a career-high .290 with a .365 on-base percentage with the Texas Rangers last season. ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported about the Pirates interest in Vazquez. The Pirates have not made offers to DAvid Eckstien or Craig Counsel.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies made a minor trade today. The Phils will send Class AAA catcher Jason Jaramillo to the Pirates for Ronny Paulino. Jaramillo hit .266 (112-for-421) with 20 doubles, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 48 runs scored in 115 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2008. Jaramillo’s Minor League Stats
Inside Pittsburgh Sports MLB Rumor Mill Daily Updates on the latest rumors around MLB 12/10/08 The Kansas City Royals have made a minor inquiry about Jack Wilson. Nothing substantial other than an inquiry. Their focus remains on Rafael Furcal who is down to four teams, (Royals, A’s, Blue Jays and Dodgers). Perez eyes $70 million over 5 years According to Jon Heyman of CNNSI, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Oliver Perez is believed to be seeking a 5 year contract in the range of $70 million. Royals remain in the mix for Rafael Furcal Steve Phillips Reports, The Royals, Blue Jays, A’s and Dodgers remain in the mix for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal. Kansas City’s front office has asked ownership for more money. The A’s had their offer rejected, but they’re still in it according to Phillips. Furcal appears to be looking for which team will offer the most money. NiceRead More »
Jeff Frisaro reports, Marlins infielder Robert Andino, who is out of options, could be headed to the Pirates. Florida’s second round pick in 2002, Andino has been blocked at shortstop by All-Star Hanley Ramirez. Versatile Alfredo Amezaga also stands in Andino’s way of playing time. And the recent addition of infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Nationals has opened the door for Florida to move Andino. The Marlins have had discussions with the Pirates about Andino, who spent about half of 2008 at Triple-A. The Pirates have been in discussions with the Marlins for the past couple days and according to sources Zach Duke could be going the other way.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Atlanta Braves are interested in Pirates centerfielder Nate McLouth. Sources told me a few days ago that the Yankees have also checked in with the Pirates about Nate McLouth. A third team has also shown interest. It should not come as any surprise that the Braves are showing interest in pitcher Ian Snell. The Braves have been linked to Snell since the end of the season. John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times reports the Braves have also inquired about Paul Maholm. Pittsburgh is very high on Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson but it would take lot more than Johnson for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Pirates have recently held talks with the Marlins, Cardinals, Braves, Twins, and Yankees about possible trades.
The Pirates biggest free agent signing this off-season maybe Craig Counsel or David Eckstein. As first reported yesterday by Ken Rosenthal the Pirates are interested in Eckstien and¬†have now turned their attention to Counsel and Eckstein¬†after missing out on Mark Loretta. That will put seats in the building! Things are looking more likely that Jack Wilson will be the Pirates starting shortstop on opening day. There was a deal in place with the Detroit Tigers but the Tigers backed out and moved on to a cheaper alternative in Adam Everett . The Dodgers are definitely out of running despite what some local reports may say. They will not be acquir The Orioles and Indians have been on the outside. The Indians are a major longshot to get involved for Wilson. The Orioles in need of a shortstop are currently targeting shortstop Cesar Izturis according to ESPN analyst Steve Phillips.